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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 26 2015 9:40AM
VDOT tells us that most roads in the Fredericksburg area are considered moderate with snow or ice coverage. They are also moderate in Stafford, Caroline, King George and Louisa. It's a little worse in Spotsylvania, where primary roads are mostly moderate with snow or ice, but secondary roads and bridges along with ramps are considered to be in severe condition. Only icy patches are being reported on roads in Orange and Culpeper.
Virginia State Police say they have responded to over 230 crashes and more than 190 disabled vehicles because of the snow, as of just after 9:00 this morning. Just three of them have been in the Fredericksburg Division, which and includes Culpeper, Warrenton, Harrisonburg and Winchester. The state police are still advising you not to drive until a little later today so VDOT crews can finish clearing the roads.
When you do get out, VRE is running on a normal schedule, but is urging caution in its' parking lots and station platforms. Metro is also on schedule, but some Amtrak trains to DC from the south were canceled. Service north from DC is on time. FRED buses were going to run late, but decided to close today. You can get the latest road conditions on VDOT's 511 page and the latest on what is open in the region on this page by keyword search: Storm Watch.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 25 2015 7:56AM
Thankfully the Spotsy Sheriff's Office says they didn't find anyone firing a gun in the area of Marye Road yesterday afternoon. It launched an extensive search after getting a call from a group of construction workers around 3:30 p.m., who thought someone was firing at them. It may have been someone doing target practice nearby and snow covered trees and ice covered ponds made the noise sound closer.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 25 2015 7:21AM
Pay attention when you are driving on I-95 and other major roads around the region.
A lack of it led to a 23 year old from Quantico to lose control of his SUV early yesterday, overturn and hit a police cruiser. State Trooper I.J. Dallam Sr. was parked on the left side of the road, running radar when it happened and was treated at a hospital and released. Just over ten hours later, another trooper was hit during a traffic stop on I-66 and was seriously injured.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 25 2015 6:53AM
Another winter storm is on its way to the region tonight.
The folks at Accuweather tell us that it will move in from the south and get to the region by later tonight. The Winter Weather Advisory runs from 10:00 p.m. through 1:00 p.m. tomorrow. The heaviest accumulation is expected to the south of Fredericksburg, all the way to Virginia Beach. This area will likely get somewhere between one and three inches by tomorrow morning, enough to make rush hour messy and maybe close schools again.
After the front pushes through, it will feel like winter still has a strong grip. Temperatures are expected to be near freezing during the day until Saturday and into the teens and 20s overnight.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 24 2015 2:00PM
How do you feel about access to experimental drugs being expanded here in Virginia? It helped save the life of Stafford County eight year old Josh Hardy and this week folks that support more access make their voice heard to lawmakers in Richmond. A Senate plan would let terminally ill patients get access only when all other options have failed. It still needs a final reading in the House. A decision is due before the general assembly adjourns this weekend.
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People : Josh Hardy
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 24 2015 1:59PM
Kids might be trying to adjust to being back in school this week, but all the snow and cold could put some in class longer than expected.
The missed days and delayed starts force Stafford schools to cancel an early release day the Friday before Easter break. Spotsy officials say they will do the same thing if there's one more snow day. Officials in Fredericksburg, Orange, King George and Culpeper say they are still okay.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 24 2015 1:58PM
Most of us want deals and are happy to earn CVS Extrabucks and other reward points to save more money, but be careful how you get them these days.
The Better Business Bureau tells us e-mails are coming to in-boxes with a subject line that says: "Your Reward Points are Expiring." If you click to open it, you might be told that you've been selected to complete a survey to win money. Be warned...clicking most of the links is just a ploy to install malware on your machine. Hover your mouse over URLs to see their true destination before clicking anything.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 24 2015 1:55PM
The cold is still here, but hopefully we get a break from another winter storm. it's not the case for your car though. Owner of Sullivan's Auto Body in Fredericksburg, Richard Sullivan, says get to the car wash now. You need to buy at least a deluxe wash, or whichever one includes an undercarriage spray and don't forget the wax.
The salt that's left on your car from VDOT spraying the roads can really do a number on your paint and other metal. You might want to be warm on cold mornings, but putting your car in a personal or work parking garage could cost you money. The warmth and humidity inside could only speed up the process of the road salt that might be on it, eating into the paint and other parts.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 23 2015 11:16AM
The FBI is offering a $30,000 reward if you can help investigators find two dangerous serial bankrobbers.
The black hat bandits have robbed seven banks since January 2nd, in McLean, Fairfax, Vienna and Sterling. In the last one, they even put a gun to a customers' head. See the pictures from surveillance footage at www.bankrobbers.fbi.gov.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 23 2015 11:15AM
If you are a Department of Homeland Security worker worried about your job today, you are not alone. The Obama administration warns of a possible shutdown in that department when its' budget ends on Friday, if lawmakers can't reach a compromise. The President says furloughs to the DHS would harm the nation's ability to deal with the Islamic State group and homegrown terror.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 23 2015 11:10AM
How did your feel about school leaders when you were little? Kids at Moncure Elementary in Stafford will get the chance to try and duct-tape their principal and assistant principal to the wall this Wednesday morning. The school's PTO will be selling the duct tape in 1-yard strips for $1 each. The hope to raise about $37,000 to buy five Chromebooks for each of the school's classrooms.
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People : Stafford Kids
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 23 2015 11:05AM
Good news for active duty and reserve military members around the region that want to be part of the 40th Marine Corps Marathon this year.
Limited entries, at a 15% discount start at noon today. It will set you back $106.25 on www.marinemarathon.com. If you miss the chance, the public lottery starts on March 13th.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 23 2015 11:00AM
Even though we warmed up yesterday and lots of the snow on the ground melted down, there is still packed ice on many rural rounds around the region and state.
Locally VRE and Metro service are back to normal today, but that's not the case for all travel. Amtrak service in the Northeast Corridor will operate again on a modified schedule due to ongoing weather-related issues. Some Acela Express and Northeast Regional schedules have been adjusted between New York and D.C. are affected. Customers will be re-accommodated on other trains. And if you have to fly to some areas of the northeast, make sure you check with your airline before you leave home.
The Virginia National Guard also has almost 20 Soldiers still on active duty in Wise and Highland counties to help local emergency response officials. The governor ordered state of emergency in Virginia went into affect on February 16th.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 19 2015 11:07AM
We could be a part of history making weather today, tonight and tomorrow.
The frigid air mass responsible has a connection to, of all places, Siberia. The cold air started forming there and hit the jet stream right after Valentine's Day. Courtney Spamer with Accuweather tells us that temps will be up to 40 degrees below average in the region today.
If it hits 8 degrees or lower Friday morning around the Fredericksburg and northern Virginia region, it would be the coldest day in more than 20 years.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 19 2015 10:05AM
Utility crews have been working to repair a water main break in the area of Butler Road in south Stafford since early this morning. It took several hours to find the pipe that caused the problem, but be then the damage was done. Extreme cold caused much of what came out to freeze directly on roads around Cambridge Street, Butler Road and Colonial Avenue.
Utility crews have been hopeful to get the pipe fixed by the mid-day hours today, but the road will still be tricky. Cold temperatures will probably mean that they can't repair the aspalt over the pipe repair spot at least until tomorrow.
They still do not know the exact cause of the break, but cold temperatures are likely a factor. It is another reminder to drip the faucets in your house too. When the water in pipes consistently drops below 32 degrees inside, ice crystals can form and built up pressure could bust the pipe.


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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 17 2015 7:13AM
Many interstates and primary routes are in moderate to severe condition, meaning snow or icy patches likely cover major portions of the pavement.
VDOT crews are hard at work, on 12 hour around the clock shifts but Robert Poutier says you have to do your part around the Fredericksburg district too. If you can stay off the roads, do it today. I-95 and even Route 610 in Stafford was reported to have packed snow this morning. Remember, that it takes you nine times longer to stop on snow covered roads and today it's even worse for big and heavy VDOT vehicles. There are signs posted on the back of trucks to stay back at least 20 feet, but more is better. As for them stopping, fully loaded, one can weight many tons, so give them room.
Remember, its' goal is to get the interstate, primary and secondary roads across the area cleared within 48 hours AFTER the snow stops, so you may not see a plow or chemical truck until late today or even tomorrow, depending on where you live.
Almost everything across the region is closed today. VRE and FRED buses are not running and Metro is on a Saturday schedule. Know before you go by checking out all the closings and delays under the Gateway Closings and Delays icon on this page, www.wfls.com.
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Location : Fredericksburg
People : Robert Poutier
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 16 2015 12:37PM
VDOT crews have nearly 900 pieces of equipment on the ready to handle the winter storm across the 14-county Fredericksburg District as snow falls this afternoon and evening.
Yesterday, VDOT crews pre-treated main roads with salt brine to prevent ice and snow from bonding with the pavement. There is up to 11 inches of snow forecast to fall in the Fredericksburg District and more of less on some spots in the state.
Call 511, visit www.511Virginia.org, or download VDOT's 511Virginia free mobile app to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state.

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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 12 2015 7:24AM
Even after the plan to bring minor league baseball to Fredericksburg fell through, folks from Diamond Nation, Pei Partnership Architects and the U.S. National Slavery Museum are being forced to meet.
A federal judge is ordering it, ahead of next Friday's planned tax sale of the 38 acres where the stadium would have been built. The back tax bill alone tops $650,000. The meeting, in a Fredericksburg courtroom, is next Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 12 2015 7:22AM
Even if you can't make it to Metro's northwest DC office at 1:00 this afternoon for a public hearing on next year's proposed budget, you might want to comment online.
A cut in federal benefits could mean a double fare hike for trains again, of ten cents. It could also bump arrival times on most trains by two minutes and the system closing three hours earlier on Friday and Saturday nights. See the plans and comment at www.wmata.com.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 12 2015 7:21AM
Do you still need to sign up for or renew insurance through the Healthcare Exchange?
You better hurry because the second open enrollment period only lasts until midnight this Sunday. The www.healthcare.gov SHOP exchange is also live, to help smallbusinesses with 50 employees or less. Premiums could be a little higher this year, but are still less than an unexpected hospital or tax bill, losing some or a tax refund or the hefty penalties for not having coverage.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 12 2015 7:20AM
Lots of us still have to file 2014 taxes, but there is some local help.
Volunteers with the Rappahannock United Way will be on hand to help you file your own return or to do it for you, if you qualify. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and on Saturdays, IRS certified volunteers are at Fredericksburg's United Way office and the Rappahannock Regional, Salem Church, England Run and Porter libraries. Get the hours and what you need to bring at www.ruwfreetaxes.org.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 12 2015 7:20AM
A lot of us still have to file 2014 taxes, but there is some local help.
Volunteers with the Rappahannock United Way will be on hand to help you file your own return or to do it for you, if you qualify. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and on Saturdays, IRS certified volunteers are at Fredericksburg's United Way office and the Rappahannock Regional, Salem Church, England Run and Porter libraries. Get the hours and what you need to bring at www.ruwfreetaxes.org.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 12 2015 7:19AM
Do you have a passion for history and want to help preserve our regions heritage for future generations?
Volunteering at the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center could be for you. It needs help to process historic maps, postcards, genealogy and other documents. Some local volunteers give many hours per week, and others come in for an hour or two a month. Get more at www.crhc.archives.org.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 12 2015 7:17AM
The local community is a little safer today after a Stafford man that went to a motel to be intimate with what he thought was a five year old is arrested.
The FBI worked to crack the case and took 54 year old Louis Robert Ponterio into custody. Stafford investigators searched his Pergola Drive house and found marijuana, electronics he told police included child porn and at least 14 guns.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 12 2015 7:15AM
Nonprofits across our region are taking part in a second Community Give event this year.
Last year was the launch of the all online donation drive. The Community Foundation's 2015 Community Give is on May 5th. For 24 hours, thousands are expected to donate to their favorite area charity. The deadline for nonprofits to sign up is April 10th. Learn more at https://www.thecommunitygive.org.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 12 2015 7:13AM
Do you have a good driving record and need a job? The Colonial Beach school system is hiring full-time and substitute bus drivers.
The state will foot the bill for 32 hours of classroom training and 24 hours behind the wheel. Every driver spends at least three weeks to one month training before taking over a bus loaded with kids.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 9 2015 12:21PM
If you have insurance with Anthem, you probably heard about the hacking that's led to the personal info of millions being stolen.
Phishing scams have already surfaced, with e-mails that appear to be from Anthem. Company officials say don'tclick any links, open attachments, give any personal info or reply to the sender. If you are affected, they will contact you directly through the mail and will tell you how to sign up for free credit monitoring.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 9 2015 12:20PM
You can rest a little easier after the Stafford Sheriff's Office arrests two young men over the weekend, linked to almost a dozen shootings into occupied houses.
Since late last month, most of them happened in the White Oak area and on part of Route 3. They found 20 year old Austin Keith Kerr and his 18 year old cousin, Christopher Patrick at a Stafford hotel on Saturday. They could also be linked to at least two more home shootings in King George.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 9 2015 12:20PM
If you plan to see loved ones at a local nursing home or hospital this Valentine's week, plan ahead and be smart.
Many have had small or larger scale outbreaks of the seasonal flu and other stomach bugs. They do what they can to put mini quarantines in place to protect residents, but we have to do our part too. The Rappahannock Area Health District says if you see signs posted on the front door, be careful. It can be even more dangerous for patients and the elderly if you bring in an outside infection.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 9 2015 12:19PM
If lawmakers in the Virginia House and Senate can reach an agreement, at least small raises could be on the way for state employees, state police, public school teachers, and college faculty. Senators are fighting for more money for all of them, but hikes could range from 1.5 to 3%. Lawmakers now start working to finalize a budget by the end of this month.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 9 2015 12:18PM
Do you have a child that goes to a middle school in Stafford that could be at risk of getting moved to a new school next year because of overcrowding?
Late last month, face-to-face public hearings were held to hear from parents. If you could not make the one about middle school changes, it will air on tv this week. It will be on Channel 18 on Cox and Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon Fios tonight and again on Thursday, both at 7:00 p.m.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 9 2015 12:17PM
You better slow down and pay attention of your drive on Route's 15 and 50 in Loudoun County. Virginia State and local police are cracking down on aggressive driving in the corridor, starting this week. The message boards that say "Your entering an Aggressive Driving Enforcement Zone" were posted last week. Cruisers will be out in force, writing tickets. If you see an erratic driver, call pound 77 from your cell to report them.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 9 2015 12:14PM
Nearly 300 people, many in outrageous costumes, gathered at the City Dock in Fredericksburg Saturday morning to take a chilly jump into the Rappahannock River.
The money raised from the eighth annual even benefits the Wounded Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrior Foundation. The group holds events like it across Virginia and the country all year.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 9 2015 12:12PM
Trying to make some plans for something to do with your sweetie this Valentine's Day?
The American Heart Association hopes you will get out and move and maybe hit up one of the many walking trails around the region. There's Alum Spring Park in Fredericksburg, the Canal Path/Heritage Trail, Dixon Park Trail, Motts Run Reservoir and Virginia Central Railway Path to choose from. Most are designed and marked for walking, jogging and even hiking.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 9 2015 12:11PM
If will cost you a little more for the new Energizer EcoAdvanced batteries that hit store shelves this week, but they will last a whole lot longer.
In an effort to be more green and giving back to the environment, the disposable AA and AAA alkaline batteries made with recycled ones from landfills. It will make up about four percent of them to start, but the company is hoping for 40 percent by 2025 and to include more battery sizes.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 9 2015 12:09PM
Hopefully you enjoyed the taste of Spring yesterday, because it sure will be short lived.
Temperatures at Reagan National Airport did tie a record from back in 1900 though. Now get ready for the late week and into the weekend. Punxatawney Phil mayhave been right. A strong cold front will slide through starting Thursday. We'll be barely above freezing from Friday through Sunday and some snow could move in by your Valentine's afternoon.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 9 2015 12:08PM
The eight year anniversary of the tragic mass shooting on the Virginia Tech campus is on April 16th.
You can honor the lives of the 32 students and faculty lost that day in the "2015 3-point-2-Mile Run in Remembrance." The community run/walk winds through the Tech campus on the 18th at 9:00 a.m. Register for the race on the Virginia Tech website, by searching for remembrance run.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 9 2015 12:04PM
Look for a change to the drive in part of Spotsylvania, at the Route 658 bridge, between Spotsylvania and Hanover this week. Work on the aging bridge over the North Anna River was postponed until this week. From today through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., look for detour signs heading north and south.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 9 2015 12:03PM
You might be grumbling as you fill up the car today or if you did over the weekend, but remember, gas prices are still at a four year low across Virginia.
The fast climb at the pump has already started though. Last week, the national price leapt 11 cents for a gallon of regular. AAA Mid-Atlantic says refinery issues in the Midwest are adding to the spike, along with the typical rise, headed toward Spring.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 5 2015 9:39AM
Most of us have learned to love and respect our Mom's, but it looks like this 29 year old from Spotsylvania missed the message.
After Charles Ronnie Dunaway Jr.'s Mom said he could not live with her after getting out of jail, he's accused of breaking into her house. Police estimate that between $14,000 and $15,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and other valuables were taken.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 5 2015 9:38AM
Do you have an older loved on in Caroline County that your worry about being safer at home? A grant from the Virginia Attorney General will help the county's TRIAD program provide home security lighting to almost 100 elderly there, that qualify. An application is on the Caroline County Sheriff's Office's website.
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Location : Caroline County
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 5 2015 9:28AM
Look out around you when you head to the grocery store and hang onto your purse and wallet, especially after dark.
The Stafford Sheriff's Office is looking for the person accused of snatching a woman's purse outside the Town and Country Drive Giant, in South Stafford, Monday night. Police dogs lost the suspects scent, but he's described as Hispanic, in his 20s and six feet tall, about 180 pounds. He was wearing a black work jacket with paint splatters, jeans and tan boots.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 5 2015 9:27AM
After a colder day today and a night in the teens ahead, the Fredericksburg region will warm up, but yet another weather disturbance will dive south of Canada by later in the weekend.
Right now it looks like our area could be safe on Sunday, but DC could see a wintry mix by Monday. The best chance for snow here is next Tuesday, but temperatures and what happens off the coast will decide if there will be any accumulation.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 5 2015 9:26AM
What would you do if you were elected Mayor of a city where you live?
A 500 word essay on the topic wins a Culpeper Middle School student a big honor. Seventh-grader Adele Masson is one of eight regional winners in the Virginia Municipal League's "If I Were Mayor" essay contest. It was judged best overall in the region too, including the Town of Culpeper. She receives the award in a ceremony with Governor Terry McAuliffe.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 5 2015 9:23AM
If a cop tries to pull you over, make sure you look for vehicle markings and get into a well lit area first, if you think it's suspicious.
State Police have a 23 year old in custody in Fairfax for impersonating a police officer. Callers tell them that the man had red a blue lights in the grill of a white Chevy Impala. He's accused of trying to pull cars over on I-66 and Route 15 in Prince William last Friday night. If you have more info about it, call #77 on a cell phone.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 5 2015 9:19AM
Mothers in Virginia are a step closer to being able to breastfeed in public.
The plan of a Loudoun County Senator passes through a Senate committee in Richmond this week. It will let them breastfeed in any place where there have been nursing mothers, as long as they are not causing disruption. Virginia will join 47 other states in allowing women to nurse whenever and wherever, if it's signed into law.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 5 2015 9:17AM
Fredericksburg Police are still trying to find out who is responsible for vandalism at the Market Square dowtown between last Friday and around 11:00 a.m. on Monday morning.
A city museum employee reported that an unknown person had spray painted graffiti on one of the perimeter walls of William Street square. If you have any information, contact their department.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 5 2015 9:17AM
Fredericksburg Police are still trying to find out who is responsible for vandalism at the Market Square downtown between last Friday and around 11:00 a.m. on Monday morning.
A city museum employee reported that an unknown person had spray paintedgraffiti on one of the perimeter walls of William Street square. If you have any information, contact their department.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 5 2015 9:14AM
Most of us assume our personal information might be at risk these days when we use a credit card or atm, but now even our health information is at risk.
Anthem is apologizing to its' current and former members for what is one of the largest corporate data breaches in history. Among what's been snagged: names, birthdays, social security numbers, street and e-mail addresses and employer information, including salaries. Get more on what's being done at www.AnthemFacts.com.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 5 2015 8:02AM
Virginia Tech plans ceremonies, exhibits and other events to mark the eighth anniversary of a mass shooting that left 33 dead.
The commemoration will begin at 12:01 a.m. on April 16th with the ceremonial candle lighting at the Memorial on campus. The names of the victims will also be read aloud. A student gunman killed 32 students and faculty before taking his own life that day in 2007.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 4 2015 10:14AM
Just because you got your flu shot, it doesn't mean you're safe from every illness lurking around the corner and you can protect yourself from some.
The Fredericksburg Health Department says adults need to stay current on their pneumonia, tetanus and hepatitis shots too. Even though some of the diseases happen less often, they can still be deadly, even if you are healthy when you get one.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 4 2015 10:11AM
Parents in Spotsylvania County will get a new way to see their kids grades, class schedules and attendance records this month.
The school system is transitioning from the PASS system to ParentVue. If you are signed up for the current system, you won't be able to see the info. one the switch happens. Expect more info on dates and instructions on what to do in the coming weeks.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 4 2015 10:07AM
Plan ahead now for some delays on part of your drive in Stafford County tomorrow.
VDOT's road crews will have to periodically close two lanes of I-95 north and south, between mile markers 148 in Stafford and 170 in Prince William. The short term headache will leave you with a smoother ride down the road. Crews will be doing mobile pothole repair from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
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People : William
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 4 2015 10:05AM
First it was the Krispy Kreme hot light App that may have been dangerous for your waistline and now this...the Girl Scout Cookie App.
Pre-orders are being taken from now through Mid-March, when cookies finally make their debut. There is also a newoatmeal raisin flavor this year. The smartphone APP lets you find the cookie booth closest to you, contact your local council, and get the list of cookies available - in every Zip code across the U.S.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 4 2015 10:02AM
If you take you trash to the Eskimo Hill or Belman Road landfills, you'll start paying a fee next month, but can buy a ten pass voucher or annual pass a little cheaper, starting today.
They are being sold at the Stafford and City of Fredericksburg Treasurer's offices, the R-Board Administrative Office and at the Eskimo Hill Landfill's commercial entrance. It will be $4 a visit, $30 for ten trips and $75 for what's left of the year. For now you have to pay with cash or check.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 4 2015 9:58AM
Do you still go to the gym even when you are feeling sick? If might be good to get your blood flowing, but be careful.
If you have severe congestion, it might make your cough worse and could give you less air. Doctors say if you have been prescribed the Cipro antibiotic, avoid it too. That one can make you more susceptible to tendon and hamstring tears.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 4 2015 9:55AM
Enjoy what will feel like a mini heatwave today, into the 50s.
Clouds ahead of a cold front are on the way tonight though. We could even see a few snow flurries tomorrow and highs Thursday and Friday in the middle 30s. By the end of the weekend get ready for another low pressure system that could bring Fredericksburg rain, snow or a wintry mix by Monday into Tuesday.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 4 2015 9:55AM
Across the board, local school boards plan to ask their county leaders for more cash to cover everything from step increases for teachers to more hiring for more positions.
Orange is asking for just over a $1 million more than originally planned from supervisors. It's $1.6 million dollars from Fredericksburg's City Council and almost $2 million in Caroline County. Supervisors and City Council get the final vote. More meetings are ahead and a decision won't come before late this month, at the earliest.
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Location : Caroline County
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 4 2015 9:51AM
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Giving people in Virginia with a terminal illness access to experimental drugs is a step closer to reality.
The "Right to Try" plan, passed unanimously in the House of Delegates yesterday.
It was inspired by Stafford youth Josh Hardy, who finally got access to a not yet approved drug to save his life after battles with cancer and an adenovirus. Three versions of the plan are being melded into one in the Senate.
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